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1-DAY TOUR

DIFFICULTY

PRICE PER PAX
(2 pax min.)

1. Quito-Nono-Tandayapa
Easy $ 45.00
2. Cotopaxi National Park
Moderate $ 45.00
3. Quito-Papallacta-Amazon Basin
Moderate $ 45.00
4. Guagua Pichincha Volcano-Lloa
Challenging $ 50.00
5. Otavalo
Moderate $ 45.00

  • Includes: Professional bilingual guides, fully equipped 4x4
    back up vehicle, mountain bikes with v-brakes and front
    suspension, all protective gear (helmet, gloves, knee&elbow
    pads), lunch, purified water.

 

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1. QUITO-NONO-TANDAYAPA

 

Trip Rating: Easy


Drive northwest until we reach the highest point on this trip (3.000 mts). At this point, we switch to our mountain bikes and start the descend. We'll pass the quaint village of Nono. Watch the vegetation change from páramo to cloud forest to low montane forest as you whiz down the mountain until reaching the small bearding paradise of Tandayapa. Keep one eye on the road and the other toward the sky: there's a good chance to see parrots, hummingbirds, toucans and caciques. Picnic lunch. Afterwards we will let you end the biking tour through desert like areas until we reach the Equatorial Line Monument. Drive back to Quito.
Altitudes: 3000-1800m (10000-6000 ft)



2. COTOPAXI VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK

Trip Rating: Moderate


Drive through páramo landscape to highest point. Enjoy stunning view of 8 different volcanoes.
The bike adventure on the world’s highest active volcano begins. Bike on dirt roads through volcanic ash and páramo landscape to Inca ruin at 3.700 m Packed lunch while keeping an eye towards the sky - you might see a condor! In the afternoon bike on dirt roads and single track down from Lake Limpiopungo through pine forest.
Altitudes: 4500-3200 m. (15000-10600 ft.)



3. QUITO-PAPALLACTA-AMAZON BASIN

Trip Rating: Moderate


This is an excellent way to see a cross section of Ecuador’s ecosystems in one day: the first part of the trip starts high up in the páramo – the Ecuadorian equivalent of the arctic tundra – and ends in low montane cloud forest at the edge of the Amazon basin. Once we reach our first destination, we throw our bikes on the jeep’s roof and drive back up the pass to the Papallacta hot springs for a soothing swim in the natural thermal pools. If the day is clear, views of Antisana Volcano will bedazzle. After lunch we drive over the Papallacta pass at 4200m and remount our iron horses for the two thousand meter (over 6000ft.) whiz downward to Tumbaco valley just outside of Quito.
Altitudes: 4200-2500 m. (13900-8300 ft.)



4. GUAGUA PICHINCHA-VOLCANO-LLOA

Trip Rating: Challenging


Even the jeep ride to where we start this biking journey is spectacular. Donning our gear near the top of still-active Guagua Pichincha Volcano we descend a steep and technical mountain side which is surely one of the premier downhills in the entire country. On a clear day we can see the sprawling metropolis of Quito, back-dropped by numerous snow-covered volcanoes. Look towards each of the other three compass points and you will be awed by great expanses of páramo, and, if lucky, a soaring condor. We trek to the edge of the crater to peer over the rim and into the heart of this active volcano after which we mount our bikes and race downward to Lloa on an abandoned dirt road. At Lloa we head west into the cloud forest where we enjoy a picnic boxed lunch. By late afternoon we return to Quito by jeep.
Altitudes: 4800-2000 m (16000-6700ft)



5. OTAVALO

Trip Rating: Moderate


Single tracks, dirt and paved roads will lead you on your bike through striking landscape in the area of volcanos Imbabura and Cotacachi.

As we approach Otavalo, you will notice an area rich with culture. Indigenous people in local dress come from all over the country to sell their handmade wares. Once we have had time to fill our bags with goods we drive to Cuicocha Lake. Lunch.

After a refortifying lunch we bike on dirt roads through quaint Indian villages back to Otavalo. Return on jeep to Quito.

 

 

 

2-DAYS TOUR

DIFFICULTY

PRICE PER PERSON
(4 pax min.)

1. Quito - Cotopaxi - Chimborazo
Moderate $ 100.00
2. Cotopaxi - Quilotoa Crater
Moderate $ 100.00
3. Papallacta - San Rafael
Moderate $ 100.00
4. Otavalo
   

  • Includes: Professional bilingual guides, fully equipped 4x4
    back up vehicle, mountain bikes with v-brakes and front
    suspension, all protective gear (helmet, gloves, knee&elbow
    pads), 1 night accommodation, all meals from lunch day 01
    until lunch day 02, purified water.

 

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1. QUITO-COTOPAXI-CHIMBORAZO

 

Trip Rating: Moderate


Day 1:
Similar to 1 day Cotopaxi. Subsequent drive south on Pan-American Highway. Overnight on the slopes of Chimborazo.

Day 2: Drive to Chimborazo (6310 m) the highest mountain of Ecuador. Arrive at first refuge. We ascend on foot to second refuge at 5000m. Amazing bike ride through páramo landscape. Vicuñas are the sole inhabitants of these wild stretches.
Altitudes: 5000-2800 m (16700-9400ft)



2. COTOPAXI-QUILOTOA CRATER

Trip Rating: Moderate


Day 1:
Similar to 1 day Cotopaxi. Subsequent drive westwards over the widest páramo stretch of the country. Arrive at night’s retreat, a cozy Inn on rim of active volcano Quilotoa.

Day 2: Start with an early hike down to the deep jade colored crater lake. Cycle towards Zumbahua along the “Grand Canyon” of Ecuador. Amazing downhill bike ride to Pujili.
Altitudes: 4500-2800 m (15000-9300ft).



3. PAPALLACTA-SAN RAFAEL FALLS

Trip Rating: Moderate


This is an excellent way to see a cross section of Ecuador’s ecosystems in two days. As we travel, we are dwarfed by the striking Andes Mountains that surround us. You will pedal across the páramo – the Ecuadorian equivalent of the arctic tundra – and down through stunning cloud forest, traversing steep Andean slopes as you descend down into the Amazon basin. The terrain for this leg of the journey is a combination of dirt and paved roads of scenic rolling hills.

Day 1: Ascend by jeep to the high pass "Paso de la Virgen" at 4200 meters (13300 ft). From here the descent begins by mountain bike...all the way to the small town of Baeza. Lunch in the wilderness. The afternoon bike trip takes us through tropical rainforest to San Rafael Falls, the highest waterfall in Ecuador and end the day with an amazing trek to the famous waterfalls.

Return to Baeza where a fortifying dinner will be served while you relax to the sounds of the tropical rainforest. Night rest in hotel.

Day 2: After breakfast we depart by mountain bike for a 3-hour ride. Once we reach our first destination, we store our bikes on our jeep’s roof and drive back up to the Papallacta Hot Springs for a soothing swim in the natural thermal pools. Lunch. Drive over the Papallacta pass at 4200 m and remount our iron horses for the two thousand-meter "whiz" downward to Tumbaco valley. Views of Antisana Volcano will bedazzle you! Jeep to Quito.



4. OTAVALO

Trip Rating: Moderate


Day 1:
Drive to Otavalo, famous in South America for its Indian market. After time to stock up on goodies we start our biking journey around Lake San Pablo. Arrival at Peguche sacred Waterfalls. Packed lunch. In the afternoon drive to impressive volcanic lake Cuicocha. Stop at Cotacachi, famous for its leather goods. Long bike ride through quaint villages to Otavalo. Overnight in hotel.
Altitudes 3500-2600m (11700 – 8700 ft.)

Day 2: Downhill bike ride to Ibarra, the provincial capital with colonial atmosphere. Visit wood crave market in San Antonio. Drive up to eastern slope of Volcano Imbabura. Stunning bike ride to indigenous town of San Pablo del Lago. Return to Quito.
Altitudes: 3500-2300m (11700-7700)

 

 

 

5-DAYS TOUR

DIFFICULTY

PRICE PER PERSON
(3 pax min.)

1. 5-Day Biking Adventure Moderate $ 540.00
4 pax and more $ 460.00

  • Includes: Professional bilingual guides, fully equipped 4x4
    back up vehicle, mountain bikes with v-brakes and front
    suspension, all protective gear (helmet, gloves, knee&elbow
    pads), 4 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch every day,
    purified water.

 

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Trip Rating: Moderate

Day 1: Cotopaxi National Park...
Our five-day biking adventure begins as we drive south to Cotopaxi National Park, two hours from Quito. At the base of Cotopaxi Volcano, we embark on the first leg of our journey: a wild ride downward to the silvery lake of Limpiopungo. Across the paramo landscape you often see wild herds of horses galloping free, as well as dainty clusters of paramo flowers in yellows, pinks and lavenders. Eventually, we pedal through pine-forested lands until reaching the park's guard station, where a llama herd is typically seen. In the afternoon, we drive to Urbina, where we spend the night in a mountain chalet. (B,L)

Day 2: Chimborazo to Baños...
We head out early for the drive south to volcano Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador at 6310 meters (20,697 ft.) At the base camp we hop on our bikes and begin the downward descent through a magical Andean landscape to the small village of San Juan, nearby Riobamba. Before reaching this point, we'll be served our lunch in a very typical Indian village. In San Juan we load the bikes on the jeep roof and drive to Baños, a small town famous for its hot springs, and spend the night there. (B,L)

Day 3: Puyo and the Avenue of the Orchids...
We take a pre-breakfast dip in the thermal baths of Baños before pedaling east toward Puyo. You'll notice the dramatic temperature and vegetation changes as we descend into the steamy Amazon basin. Bike along the Avenue of the Orchids to the Amazonian frontier town of Puyo. Lunch. Drive through quichua villages and tropical rainforest to Tena town in the Amazon basin. Overnight and dinner in a jungle lodge at the river bank (B,L)

Day 4: Amazon Basin...
Today our travel is by foot as we explore pristine Amazon rainforest. On this hike, we will see a beautiful waterfall as well as exotic flora and fauna. We stand a good chance of spotting flocks of Amazon parrots, macaws and toucans. We have a 30 km bike ride through the forest back to the lodge. In the afternoon we relax at the lodge, enjoying a swim in a protected bay in the river.

Day 5: Papallacta - Quito...
We begin by driving by jeep up into the Andes (Guacamayos Pass). We cycle to the town of Baeza at the base of the Andes. We enjoy a picnic lunch, and then drive up to the Papallacta thermal baths for a well-earned soak in the toasty hot springs. From the Ave Maria Pass (4200m), we then bike back towards Quito along the Chiche river basin. This is one of the longest downhill rides in the world, about 45 km. The last 12 kilometers will be on the famous railroad line going through five tunnels, one of which is 322 meters long. The spectacular ride takes us speeding through wide stretches of paramo and cloud forest, with the Andean sun illuminating the way. Some days can be chilled by occasional fog, so don't forget your mittens and fleece. In Tumbaco we pile the bikes on the jeep's roof and head back to Quito. (B,L)

INCLUDED: Jungle tour, meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L= lunch, D=dinner) 4 nights accommodation, 21-speed mountain bikes, transportation, guide-driver, all protections (helmet, elbow and knee pads)

NOT INCLUDED: Meals not mentioned above Entrance fee to the National Parks (e.g Cotopaxi and Chimborazo US$ 10,00 each one), drinks, tips, personal expenses.

 

 

 

8-DAYS TOUR

DIFFICULTY

PRICE PER PERSON
(3 pax min.)

1. 8-day Biking Adventure Moderate $ 815.00
4 pax and more $ 687.00

  • Includes: Professional bilingual guides, fully equipped 4x4
    back up vehicle, mountain bikes with v-brakes and front
    suspension, all protective gear (helmet, gloves, knee&elbow
    pads), 7 nights accommodation, breakfast & lunch every day,
    purified water.

 

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Trip Rating: Moderate

Day 1: Depart from Quito at 7 am. Drive & Bike direction Otavalo. After exploring the colorful market in Otavalo, we head to the crater lake Cuicocha. The afternoon ride will lead us back to Otavalo, through quaint villages and striking views of surrounding volcanoes. Night in Hotel.

Day 2: Often taking advantage of our support vehicle to take us on the uphill legs, we head eastwards to the jungle and the hot springs town of Papallacta. Volcanoe Cayambe, and Antisana watch over our every move. Night in Hotel

Day 3: Four hour ride through lush rainforest to Tena, in the Amazon basin. Dinner and night in lodge at river bank. Night in Hotel

Day 4: A jungle hike accompanied by a Quechua Indian guide. Night in Hotel

Day 5: Bike from Tena to Baños through famous "Avenue of Orchids" Night in hotel

Day 6: Free day in Baños, a chance to rest tired muscles in the hot springs, hike the surrounding hills, or relax in one of the town's lovely cafes. Night in hotel

Day 7: Jeep to Chimborazo, the highest volcano in Ecuador, for far-reaching views. Ascent on foot until Refuge (5000 m) Fine descent on bike through patchwork fields. Night in hotel.

Day 8: Transfer to Cotopaxi National Park, and the chance to bike down from the car park at 4 500 meters. Bike on highlands to Inca Ruins. Drive back to Quito. End of our services.

INCLUDED: 4-wheel drive support vehicle, 21- speed mountain bikes TREK 3700 or GARY FISHER ADVANCE, protection equipment, 7 nights of accommodation, Breakfast and lunch every day, bilingual experienced guide.

 

 

IMPORTANT REMARKS:


Prices do not include:

• Entrance fee to National Parks (Cotopaxi and Chimborazo)
• Alcoholic drinks
• Tips
• Personal Expenses